Strawbale Homebuilding is a new book that presents the detailed experiences of owner-builders, architects, and professional builders who have created interesting homes around Australia from this revolutionary house-building method.
The book sets out to complement the inspiring information published in the classic text The Straw Bale House, which has now sold more than 100,000 copies around the world, and has produced thousands of strawbale homes.
There are stories in Strawbale Homebuilding from owner-builders who have built their home in the snowy, deep south of Tasmania without any form of major heating because they have used passive solar design principles and super-insulated strawbale walls. There is a story from owner-builders at Carnarvon on the remote north-west coast of Western Australia who have built a safe and comfortable home in one of the world's highest-risk tropical cyclone zones. There are luxury homes in trendy inner Sydney suburbs and even large homes in housing estates, impossible to distinguish from their conventional neighbors.
The beauty of these straw bale homes is that they save their owners a small fortune in heating and cooling costs, because a straw bale home is six to nine times better-insulated than a conventional home.
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